Von Miller might have been flagged for one of the worst unsportsmanlike conduct calls in NFL history. The flag came after a third down after stopping the Bills, Miller offered his hand to help up opposing QB Tyrod Taylor. He then retracted his hand and the two had a quick laugh about it before the ref threw in the flag.
Below is the definition of unsportsmanlike conduct according to the rulebook under Rule 12, Section 3, Article 1 There shall be no unsportsmanlike conduct. This applies to any act which is contrary to the generally understood principles of sportsmanship. Such acts specifically include, among others: (a) Throwing a punch, or a forearm, or kicking at an opponent even though no contact is made. (b) The use of abusive, threatening, or insulting language or gestures to opponents, teammates, officials, or representatives of the League.
Miller and the Broncos went on to lose the game, and many around the league were extremely upset with the call. You be the judge, was Von Miller’s unsportsmanlike conduct penalty justified?
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